Check out what Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been working on in the New Year in our E-Newsletter below!
Hudson Valley: NO Ban NO Wall
Join the Muslim Student Organization of Bard College, the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone, and others this Saturday to stand up against the recent Muslim Ban and executive orders attacking immigrants:
Saturday, February 4th
Dutchess County Courthouse, 10 Market St, Poughkeepsie
Lost In Detention
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is co-sponsoring the LGBTQ Committee for Racial Justice’s screening of Lost in Detention – about immigration, U.S. policy, for-profit detention centers, and the experiences of those facing deportation – on February 12th from 3-5pm at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston at 300 Wall St.
Forming the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone
On January 14th, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and Community Voices Heard held an assembly with over 200 people from six counties to form the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone.
The Hate Free Zone is being formed in response to an increasingly hostile climate for immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, women, and workers. The network will build a Hudson Valley that is hate free; a Hudson Valley where an attack on one vulnerable community is an attack on all vulnerable communities; a Hudson Valley where sanctuary policies that protect immigrants from deportation, access to driver’s licenses for all immigrants, investment in public education instead of mass incarceration, and other measures that choose solidarity over hate are realized.
Individuals – or institutions such as community organizations, houses of worship, or businesses – can pledge their support to the Hate Free Zone and get involved by visiting tiny.cc/hatefreepledge
Below is media coverage from the assembly:
Community Members Gather to Form Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone – WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Hate Free Zone Holds First Meeting – The Highlands Current
Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Brings Community Members Together Under Common Goal – Time Warner Cable News
Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Convenes in Beacon – Poughkeepsie Journal
Hudson Valley ‘Hate-Free-Zone’ Movement Forms in Beacon – Dutchess Daily Voice
Hudson Valley Residents Stand Up Against Hate – Hudson Valley Post
Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone – Hudson Valley News Network
Local Organizations Plan “Hate Free Zone” to Protect Vulnerable Communities – Hudson Valley One
Mid Hudson Declared Hate Free Zone – Mid-Hudson News
Fighting for Educational Justice
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been working closely with parents, students, and teachers who are fighting to close the PACE program in Poughkeepsie. The PACE (“Poughkeepsie Academic and Career Excellence”) program represents the worst of educational apartheid: separating out “problem” students into a decrepit building, without enough teachers, without grade-appropriate books, and with a growing law enforcement presence leading to increasing arrests of students.
As parents, students, and teachers have spoken out, we have helped them form Parents and Advocates Supporting Students (PASS). Parents and Advocates Supporting Students publicly launched on December 13th with a press conference outside the PACE building.
Below is media coverage from the launch:
New Group Calls for Closure of Alternative School in Poughkeepsie – WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Parents Call for Closure of Poughkeepsie Alternative School – Mid-Hudson News
Parents Want Poughkeepsie Alternative School Closed – The Poughkeepsie Journal